Kamaz, the biggest truck maker in Russia, is looking to restart its business in Iran this year. This thirteen-time winner of the Dakar Rally is now planning to initiate its assembly in Islamic Republic.
Explaining the company’s entry into the Iranian market, Rafail Gafeev, Sales Head of Kamaz, said, “We are entering the Iranian market in quite a difficult time, when competition is tough. Nevertheless, we consider our prospects quite positive, especially since we already worked there before 2010.”
Adding further, he said that the proposed development might take about half-an-year to earn the required certification from Europe and Russia. As reported by Gafeev, Iranian market sells around 12,000 to 20,000 units per year and Kamaz is intending to sell 2500 to 3000 vehicles in the Islamic Nation. By next year, the company is planning to start vehicle production in the country. Till then the renowned truck maker will deliver assembled trucks to the country.
Kamaz started its production in Iran in the year 2002 where the Russian vehicle maker used to supply assembled trucks at first and then started to supply assembled kits. The contract with the country was terminated in the year 2010.